ScreenCastsOnline Video Podcast - Desktop Edition (pc_and_mac)
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If you've reached this site you're probably using the old http://donmc.libsyn.com URL or your DNS has not yet been updated with the new location of the ScreenCastsOnline website.

Yes - This site has now been replaced with a brand new state of the art website over at:

http://www.screencastsonline.com

Before clicking on the link, please take a second to update your bookmarks if necessary to the new site.

See you over there!!

Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 1:29pm UTC

I merged the iPod and Desktop feeds today so now there is a single public ScreenCastsOnline feed in the iTMS. I tested it once I made the change and all appeared fine.

Since then I've had two reports that some of the older screencasts have downloaded again. Although it's only two people affected, that's two too many.

Since there are over 40 screencasts in the feed I've taken the decision to remove the older screencasts from the feed to prevent any spurious downloads or at least to minimise them.

All the older episodes are on the WebSite so people can get them from there. I'll make a separate one-off feed that people can use to get the older episodes or they can get the DVD if needed.

My main concern is not to inconvenience current subscribers!

If you've had double downloads - please accept my apologies and hopefully I'll have something extra for you that will take the pain away in the next few days ;-)

Stay subscribed! Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 3:58pm UTC

cp1.jpg Well I promised you the results of the survey so I thought I'd do a special episode giving you the edited highlights! This screencast covers the main points of the recent Podtrac Viewer survey taken by 289 ScreenCastsOnline viewers. Thanks to all who took part and I think you'll agree , it raises some interesting issues! Also includes some background information on developments with ScreenCastsOnline.

Please leave all comments about this ScreenCast on the SCO Forum Message Board

Duration: 17:00
Size: Desktop & iPod:63MB HiDef:TBA MB
Platform: All
Level: Easy
Links:
Sign up for a free, 60-day trial of .Mac
Podtrac
SCO Forum - Encoding Thread


Direct download: SCO0031_-_Survey_-_640x360.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 8:31am UTC

cp1.jpg Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and I'm pleased to announce the winner and runnerup.....

Winner of the PED2 and ScreenCastsOnline DVD:
Terry Sheltra - USA

Winner of ScreenCastsOnline DVD:
John Ryan - Sydney, Australia

Congratulations !!

Your prizes should be with you within two weeks!

PS The next edition of ScreenCastsOnline has been recorded and just needs editing and encoding so it will be with you in the next few days
Direct download: Ped2_Winner.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 8:05am UTC

As promised, here is the monthly audio update. This has been produced using the new Podcast Studio in Garageband, part of the new iLife '06 suite from Apple. As such it's an enhanced podcast but I'll put an mp3 version on the post at the ScreenCastsOnline website.

I've not had much chance to get the best out of Podcast Studio but with a bit of creativity, this program could certainly rock!!

Sorry for the sound effects etc, but I couldn't help myself :-) It's just so easy to create an enhanced podcast it's unbelievable - great job Apple!

Here's a link to the MP3 version if you want to stream or download manually MP3 Version

Duration: 11:27
Size: Desktop:11MB
Platform: All
Direct download: SCO0028_-_Audio_Update_-_Jan_2006.m4a
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 12:12am UTC

We've just hit 300 registered members on the ScreenCastsOnline forums!

Check it out here

I'll be posting a special Audio Update over the weekend (probably Sunday) bringing you up to date with whats happening with ScreenCastsOnline. Now that I've got my copy of iLife 06 I've just got to try out this new podcast studio!

Normal service will be resumed next week when I'll be bringing you a timely update on .Mac.

PS Don't forget the PED2 competition closes in a few days (16th January) so get your entries in quick. There are only 106 entries to date so the odds are pretty good. It's just what you need for that new iPod you got at Xmas!

Get the code from here:

Thoughtout.biz

and register on the ScreenCastsOnline forum and retrieve the code from the Ped2Giveaway forum board here:

ScreenCastsOnline Forum

and send the codes via email to:

screencastsonline+ped2@gmail.com

Direct download: Update060114.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 1:15am UTC

Macsimum News are providing daily reports of the Macworld 2006 Expo. Please see the links below if you want to stream or download the shows (Right or CTRL click and Download Linked File).

cp1.jpg Pre-Keynote Predictions, Interview with Paul Kafasis, CEO and Lackey for Rogue Amoeba - All about Audio Hijack Pro and what's involved in planning and setting up a booth for Macworld, Interview with Maria O. Arguello, an Apple Liason. She explains how Apple can help out user groups but no one seems to avail themselves of the benefits - 110MB 23:12

cp1.jpg It's an experience like none other. Tuesday on the Exhibit Hall floor is a sensory overload. In this vodcast, Frank tries to capture all the confusion and all that fun.35MB 6:16

cp1.jpg Dennis and Frank show us some of the items that caught their attention. And wallets - 93MB 15:20

cp1.jpg Today we pick the brain of professional digital photographer, Derrick Story. He discusses the current state and future of digital imaging. Then we cruise the Exhibition Hall with Dennis and see what's cooking. - 108MB 18:17

cp1.jpg Today is it, the finale. We get the opinions on this year's show from such Mac luminaries as Shawn King and Leo Laporte. Afterwards we honor this year's Macsimum Award winners. - 105MB 17:51

Be sure to check out the Macsimum News Website for breaking stories throughout the show

Subscribe to the special RSS feed and have the reports delivered directly into iTunes when they are available. On the iTunes menu bar, just select Advanced - Subscribe to podcast.... and paste the following URL into the dialog box.

http://libsyn.com/podcasts/donmc/_static/scomacsimum.xml

then click OK
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 7:10pm UTC

Happy New Year from ScreenCastsOnline!

I hope you all had a great Holiday break and wish you all a happy New Year for 2006

I'll be gearing up to start production of the next ScreenCastsOnline show in the next few days and as promised will be taking a more advanced look at RapidWeaver.

Don't forget the PED2 ipod stand giveaway competition is still on and will run up to the 15th January. It's your chance to get a free PED2 ipod stand simply by emailing a couple of codes which can be found on the ScreenCastsOnline forum and the Thoughtout.biz website. Full details are included in the last screencast (SC00026)

Some surprises scheduled for this month, around about the same time as the MacWorld 2006 expo, so keep subscribed and I'll let you in on some of the details a bit nearer the time.

So again, thanks for all the support and good wishes in 2005, especially from all those who have contributed to the running of the show by making an ad-hoc or monthly subscription from the ScreenCastsOnline website. It truly is appreciated!

I'm really looking forward to a great and exciting 2006 for the mac platform, it's going to be a fantastic ride :-)

Best Wishes for 2006

Don
Direct download: 2006_Wishes.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 11:26pm UTC

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A short episode this week giving you details on how to enter the ScreenCastsOnline/ThoughtOut.biz competition.

Full details of the competition are included in the screencast. The email address to send your competition entry to is:

screencastsonline+ped2@gmail.com

We'll be back to normal after the holidays with more hints, tips and reviews.

Have a great Xmas and a happy new year!!

Please leave all comments about this ScreenCast on the SCO Forum Message Board

Duration: 3:46
Size: Desktop:18MB iPod:12MB HiDef:TBA
Platform: All
Level: Easy
Links:

ThoughtOut.biz Competition Page
SCO Forums


Direct download: SCO0026_dt_auto_ped2.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 12:01am UTC

The ScreenCastsOnline forum has now been moved to a new hosting provider - SiteGround.

Web hosting services

Can't recommend them more in the level of service they provide. Really fast responses to issues and they go the extra mile to help you. The transfer process was handled seamlessly by them and they helped resolve a few issues caused by me!

I've got five $20 discount vouchers for anyone who is looking to take out a hosting account so please send me an email and I'll send to the 1st five people who request it.
br> The new location for the forum is:

http://forums.screencastsonline.com/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl

Any problems, please drop me an email at screencastsonline@gmail.com

Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:04am UTC

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Following on from several viewer suggestions I've created the first edition of the ScreenCastsOnline Data DVD Archive!

This is a data DVD containing all the currently available ScreenCasts in both Desktop and iPod format.

The DVD also contains a mini website that allows you to play the screencasts directly from the DVD by clicking mini icons. I'll also include some of the trial versions of the software covered by the screencasts.

Hopefully, this DVD will be a help to those SCO viewers on Dial Up but also those new viewers who want to get the complete SCO archive without having to download each show. Regular viewers may also want a copy as a permanent record of the shows.

Rather than just bang out a standard DVD-R, I'll be presenting the DVD in a keepcase with a full colour printed label and also will print a full colour SCO label on the face of the DVD so it could even make a great Xmas present for friends and relatives!

The cost of this special data DVD will be $20 (USD) and will include worldwide postage and packing.

Payment can be made by PayPal and I've included a "Buy DVD Vol 1" button in the sidebar to place your order or click on the button below:

Update - Existing ScreenCastsOnline Contributors can get the DVD at a special reduced price of $15 USD - Check out the Contributors section of the ScreenCastsOnline Forum for details.

Delivery should take approximately two weeks.
Direct download: 20051123-DVDPromo.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 8:47am UTC

Monthly Audio Podcast (enhanced) updating you on current ScreenCastsOnline happenings!

A special favour this month.....please take 5 minutes to take a special viewer survey.

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Please leave all comments about this ScreenCast on the SCO Forum Message Board

Direct download: SCO0022_-_Nov_2005_Audio_Podcast.m4b
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 11:59am UTC

cp1.jpg A special screencast announcing the launch of the ScreenCastsOnline Message Board Forum.

This is a new free service from SCO to allow the exchange of ideas and information within the SCO community.

Take a look at the screencast to see how to register and what's available.

I hope everyone takes the time to register and finds the content useful.

Duration: 17:45
Size: 40MB
Platform: all
Level: Easy
Links: YaBB

Direct download: SCO0017_-_SCO_Forum_Announcement.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 2:21pm UTC

Welcome to all new viewers who have subscribed to this Video Podcast via the New and Notables section on the iTunes Music Store!

ScreenCastsOnline is a free hints and tips service which produces streaming or downloadable video tutorials (screencasts) for distribution via iTunes for the mac and 5G ipods.

Please be aware that there are two versions of ScreenCastsOnline available via iTunes - an iPod formatted version (320 x 240) and a high resolution version (960 x 600) for viewing on your desktop - Both have identical content but are formatted for optimum results on your display of choice.

Please Note - New and Notables is only showing the iPod formatted version so just search for "ScreenCastsOnline" in the podcasts directory on iTunes and select whichever version you like.....or both!

There are currently over 20 free video tutorials available for download from either iTunes or the ScreenCastsOnline website.

To see a summary of all the available tutorials just go to the website and click on the "All ScreenCasts" Button or just review the back catalogue once subscribed via iTunes! The screencasts will play directly in iTunes 6.0 on the desktop or iPod with no additional software required on either PC and mac.

I hope you find the Screencasts useful and keep subscribed!

Don
Direct download: New_and_Notables.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 11:09pm UTC

The ScreenCastsOnline iPod edition is now back on line and fully re-encoded to support the video iPod.

The cleanest way to access the new library if you have already subscribed is to to unsubscribe from iTunes and move any downloaded files to the trash. Re-subscribe using the button on this website and you'll get the new library! Existing Desktop Edition users are unaffected by this.

Again, sorry for any inconvenience!

Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 9:31am UTC

Well the new iPods are hitting the streets!

Thanks to Loren Finkelstien who was kind enough to try out the new iPod edition of ScreenCastsOnline! The bad news is that the re-encoded versions of the ScreenCastsOnline episodes didn't work.....Doh!

It now transpires that although the episodes were encoded using Apples published specification, there is something thats not quite right. The files were all encoded in H264 at 320x240 with AAC audio all within spec. They were saved as .mov files which again was in spec.

On investigation, Loren has discovered that another Video Podcast (Rocketboom) does work as a .mov on the iPod but that is encoded using MPEG-4!

As I don't have an new iPod to do further tests, I've got no option but to re-encode all the iPod versions using the new QT preset which unfortunately will produce larger file sizes. I'll re-encode over the next 24 hours and will need to reset the iTunes feed.

If you have already subscribed to the iPod edition feed, I would suggest unsubscribing from the iPod edition feed and deleting the existing .mov files from your iTunes library(not the desktop edition - they are fine). Leave it for a few hours and then re-subscribe to the iPod edition in iTunes again and you'll get the re-encoded files. They will all be labeled [iPod Edition OK] at the end of each itle.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Me puts on a pot of coffee for an all nighter :-)

Don
Direct download: 20051020_-_Problems.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:28pm UTC

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By popular demand an overview on how a typical Screencast is designed, recorded, edited and published. This screencast covers the basic workflow in creating an episode of ScreenCastsOnline and gives you a flavour of the various stages and tools used in the production process.

This should explain why I can't publish more than two episodes per week!

Duration: 14:03
Size: 23MB
Platform: mac or pc
Level: Easy
Links used in the ScreenCast:

OmniOutliner
Snapz Pro X
Final Cut Studio
Metadata Hootenannyr

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)

Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0015_-_Behind_The_Scenes_-_H264_-_Chapters.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 3:39pm UTC

cp1.jpg Enhanced Podcast - This months audio update available for download.

Update - The issue with the URL for the donations buttons has been resolved!
Direct download: SCO_-_Audio_Update_-_October_2005.m4b
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 4:39am UTC

I have set up a separate page to acknowledge all those people are kind enough to support ScreenCastsOnline via a voluntary contribution. The page will list those people and will also include links to their blogs or websites.

The page can be accessed by clicking on the "Contributors" button in the side bar

In view of the appalling events in Pakistan, all monthly contributions to SCO made this month will be donated to the relief efforts via one of the main charity organisations

I have decided that I will produce some exclusive content for contributors as aknowledgement of their support and generosity. This will probably take the form of one or two special shows a month. I've got some cool stuff on p2p applications and Usenet newsgroups that probably wouldn't be appropriate for distrbution via iTunes, so this would be ideal for contributors only!

Please rest assured that there will always be free content on SCO so I've no intention to moving this over to a subscription based service!

Contributions are purely voluntary!

PS - The next episode on macTV should be out tomorrow and this week it's about Spotlight. I'll post it on the SCO site on Friday.

PPS - Looks like there's a lot of support for the behind the scenes look at how a SCO episode is put together. I'll look at getting this recorded and posted in the next week.

Keep subscribed
Don

Direct download: 20051011_-_Contributors_Page.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 9:58pm UTC

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How to insert an iTunes button and Google Ads into your website

This is the fifth in a series covering the creation, publishing and promotion of your very own podcast.

This tutorial explains how to edit your website to include a 1-click subscribe button for iTunes and also shows you how to obtain and insert Google Ads.

This episode has been created with chapters which are accessible when playing in iTunes or when downloaded to your computer.

Related Episodes
  • Part 1 - Recording the podcast using Garageband (mac) Link
  • Part 2 - Creating a website and distributing your Podcast automatically (mac and PC) Link
  • Part 3 - Creating an Enhanced Podcast (mac) Link
  • Part 4 - Promoting your Podcast (mac and PC) Link
All with no technical or programming skills required!

Subscribe now via iTunes and get the next episode as soon as it is published!

Duration: 17:20
Size: 38MB
Platform: mac or pc
Level: Medium
Links used in the ScreenCast:

TextWrangler
Code Snippets:
Download the code

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)

Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0008e_-_Podcasting_-_iTunes_Button_and_Google_Ads_-_H264.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 12:45pm UTC

Just to let you know that the next edition of ScreenCastsOnline will be available via iTunes sometime during w/c 3rd October 2005. Sorry for the delay but I need to do some traveling due to the day job!

There is a macTV special edition "in the can" on "OSX Automator Basics" and this will be published on Tuesday 4th October 2005 via the macTV link

As usual, this will be posted on the ScreenCastsOnline RSS feed a few days later.

Keep subscribed!
Don
Direct download: 20050928.pdf
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:30pm UTC

It's decided!

Thanks for all the feedback via email. The general concensus is the screencasts are better without the background music as some people do find it distracting.

So from now on, the regular screencasts will be music free (except for the intro and outro of course!)

If you have any other suggestions on improvements to the screencasts pleas email me at screencastsonline@gmail.com or leave a comment on the website.

Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 5:56am UTC

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How to get your Podcast included in the iTunes Music Store and other ways of promoting your Podcast

This is the fourth in a series covering the creation, publishing and promotion of your very own podcast.

This tutorial explains how to register your podcast on iTunes and open up your potential audience to million! It also covers other methods of promotion suh as podcast directories, promos and other tips.

This episode has been created with chapters which are accessible when playing in iTunes or when downloaded to your computer.

Related Episodes
  • Part 1 - Recording the podcast using Garageband (mac) Link
  • Part 2 - Creating a website and distributing your Podcast automatically (mac and PC) Link
  • Part 3 - Creating an Enhanced Podcast (mac) Link
All with no technical or programming skills required!

Subscribe now via iTunes and get the next episode as soon as it is published!

Duration: 22:20
Size: 38MB
Platform: mac
Level: Easy
Links used in the ScreenCast:

Podcast Alley
Podcast Pickle

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)

Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0008d.1_-_Promoting_Your_Podcast_-_H264_-_No_Music.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:17am UTC

cp1.jpg How to get your Podcast included in the iTunes Music Store and other ways of promoting your Podcast

This is the fourth in a series covering the creation, publishing and promotion of your very own podcast.

This tutorial explains how to register your podcast on iTunes and open up your potential audience to million! It also covers other methods of promotion suh as podcast directories, promos and other tips.

This episode has been created with chapters which are accessible when playing in iTunes or when downloaded to your computer.

Related Episodes
  • Part 1 - Recording the podcast using Garageband (mac) Link
  • Part 2 - Creating a website and distributing your Podcast automatically (mac and PC) Link
  • Part 3 - Creating an Enhanced Podcast (mac) Link
All with no technical or programming skills required!

Subscribe now via iTunes and get the next episode as soon as it is published!

Duration: 22:20
Size: 38MB
Platform: mac
Level: Easy
Links used in the ScreenCast:

Podcast Alley
Podcast Pickle
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 8:25am UTC

cp1.jpg An overview of the new functionality in iTunes 5.0 and how Apple should have implemented Podcast syncing with Smart Playlists

This is the third ScreenCast originally distributed on macTV at the beginning of this week. It is replicated here for any ScreenCastOnline subscribers who are not subscribed to macTV.

Duration: 19:15
Size: 32MB
Platform: mac or pc
Level: Simple
Links: iTunes 5.0

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)

Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: MacTV0003_-_iTunes_5.0_and_iPod_Sync_H264.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 4:05am UTC

cp1.jpg How to create and publish a podcast with no programming required! For both PC and mac users.

This is the second in a three part series covering the creation, publishing and promoting of your very own podcast.

This tutorial explains some of the requirements for hosting and publishing a podcast and takes you through setting up a website and podcast feed in simple steps.
  • Part 1 - Recording the podcast using Garageband (mac) Link
  • Part 2 - (this episode) Creating a website and distributing your Podcast automatically (mac and PC)
  • Part 3 - Publishing and promoting in iTunes (mac and PC)

All with no technical or programming skills required!

This screencast also includes chapter markers for easy reference. These will only work if the video is downloaded to your pc or mac (not via streaming).

Subscribe now via iTunes and get Part 3 as soon as it is published!

Duration: 23:00
Size: 52MB
Platform: pc and mac
Level: Easy
Links used in the ScreenCast:

Libsyn
The Easy Podcast

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)

Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0008b_-_Podcast_Hosting_and_Publication_-_H264.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 6:17am UTC

cp1.jpgThanks for all the notes of encouragement sent to me via email. It takes a lot of effort to plan, setup, record, edit and publish the screencasts so it's great to hear people are really enjoying them and finding them useful.

A recurring theme is people asking what asking what software I use to create the screencasts.

I'm gradually experimenting with different techniques of editing and encoding but the core capture software is Snapz Pro X 2.0.2 from Ambrosia software. It's a really great package. I don't think Ambrosia do a referral scheme but if you can let them know I sent you, perhaps I'll get a free upgrade to the next release!.

For basic assembling and editing I've been using QuickTime Pro but I'm experimenting with Final Cut Pro to add a bit more polish!

So once again, keep subscribing and please spread the word to friends, family and colleagues about ScreenCastsOnline. There's some really cool stuff in the pipeline!

Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 8:53am UTC

You've probably heard about iTunes 5 being released but Apple have also released the final version of Quicktime 7 for windows users. You can download this from here

A recommended upgrade for all windows users currently on Preview 3!

Update - It looks like you get Quicktime 7 as part of the iTunes 5.0 install! No need to install Quicktime 7 if you've upgraded to iTunes 5
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:28pm UTC

Following the horrendous events surrounding the devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast I've hosted a Red Cross banner on the site, together with a PayPal donation button to support the FCC co-ordinating Tech aid for the Katrina disaster (see sidebar)

The FCC and FEMA is in a desperate need to reestablish communications in the disaster area. More specifically, the metropolitan area of New Orleans and it's surrounding areas. What can Wireless access internet service providers do to help? We can reestablish internal communications and provide connectivity to all disaster relief efforts by installing point to point, point to multipoint links, IP Web cams to assist the police and fire departments who can not be everywhere in such a large area, VoIP phones to provide voice communications to relief personnel in remote areas and many other types of normal everyday communications that most people take for granted.

I've removed the PayPal buttons for donations to ScreenCastsOnline out of respect to the people affected by this terrible event.

Although, New Orleans seems a long way from the UK, I've had the pleasure to visit a couple of times on business and it has always struck me as a truly unique place. The images of the Superdome and the downtown area bring back lots of good memories for me, and it's hard to grasp the plight of the poor people struggling to survive in the Convention Center where I've spent many hours.

I hope this can be resolved quickly, but I know it can't. Please help out.
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 3:46pm UTC

cp1.jpg Sorry but couldn't let this go without comment. From a standing start two weeks ago to position 99 in the iTunes Top 100 subscribed podcasts!!!!

I must admit, I'm speechless and a little shaken!

Thanks ever so much to all those that have subscribed and I hope you stay subscribed for the duration. I've got lots more ideas for screencasts, it's just finding the time to record and produce them!

Please let me know how I'm doing either by leaving comments of the web site or emailing me at ScreenCastsOnline@gmail.com.

On second thoughts, leave any good comments on the web site for all to see and send any bad comments to me via email :-)

I'm hoping to do some more beginner type stuff so please let your family and friends know about the site, or anyone who would appreciate a bit of coaching in some of the latest stuff to hit the mac and the web. I'll try and include some more technical stuff as well so I keep any ubergeeks happy, along with web based stuff that's cross platform for any Windows subscribers.

So anyway, thanks again for the support and messages up to now. I dare say the ranking in iTunes may drop off but it was great to get into the top 100!

Don
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 1:44pm UTC

cp1.jpg ScreenCastsOnline is proud to announce a new regular guest appearance on macTV. I'll be producing a regular Mac OSX or related tip for distribution on the macTV feed.

I'll be posting these on the ScreenCastsOnline feed a few days after the macTV release so if you want to check them out sooner, head over to macTV




Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 7:05pm UTC

cp1.jpg A 8 minute screencast demoing Google maps and looking at a cool Google maps hack - gMap Pedometer

Using the hack we work out how far John Lennon would have had to walk to visit Paul McCartneys house when they were living in Liverpool, UK !!!


Duration: 8:00
Size: 19MB
Platform: mac or pc
Level: Simple
Links:
Google Maps
gmapPedometer

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)
Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0005_-_Google__-_gmapPedometer_Map_Hack.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 11:02pm UTC

cp1.jpg A 15 minute screencast explaining just what a blog is, a look at some typical blogs and a very simple demo on how you can set up your own blog to get your presence on the web.

New Movie Chapter Feature
A new feature introduced with this screencast is the introduction of movie chapters to allow you to jump to a specific place in the movie. The chapters are only available if you subscribe and view the movie in iTunes or copy the movie from the direct link below to your pc or mac. They won't work if you stream the movie directly from the link below but you'll still be able to view the movie without chapters.

In iTunes, play the movie in a separate window and the chapter menu will appear as shown below.

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Click on the menu and keep the mouse button depressed to select the required chapter and then release the mouse button.

Another hint is to change the size of the separate move window in iTunes to best fit your display. CTRL-Click or right button click on the title bar of the separate window and you'll get a menu as below. Normal size is normally best as this is the resolution the screencast was recorded in.

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I hope you find this screencast useful and please leave comments on the web or via email to screencastsonline@gmail.com

Duration: 6.17
Size: 27MB
Platform: mac or pc
Level: Simple

Links:
Blogger
DonsBlog
Kitten Fluff

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)
Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0004_-_Blogs_-_What_are_they_and_how_to_make_one.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:14am UTC

cp1.jpg Ok, so you've heard about RSS but don't really know what it is or how it might benefit you?

This short screencast gives a quick overview on how you can use RSS to automate your web surfing and remove the tedium of manually checking websites and blogs. The screencast is based on mac applications but the basic principles are the same on the windows platform so please check it out if you are a windows user!

Duration: 6.17
Size: 8MB
Platform: mac
Level: Simple

Applications: Safari 2.0, NetNewsWire 2.0.1

PS - I forgot to mention to use the Spacebar in NetNewsWire to view unread posts consecutively - much easier!

Direct download for Desktop version (H264 - 960x600)
Direct download for iPod version (H264 - 320x240)
Direct download: SCO0003_-_RSS_-_Automated_Web_Surfing.mov
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 10:12am UTC

This screencast will show you how to manually subscribe to iTunes and get your screencasts delivered to your desktop automatically. (At least until I get registered on iTunes!)

Duration: 5.13
Platform: mac or pc
Level: Simple

Update: Well that didn't take very long - iTunes processed my registration in 36 hours! I was expecting a couple of weeks wait from what I'd heard. So that pretty much makes this screencast redundant as you can now subscribe directly to ITunes by using the iTunes button in the sidebar. I'll keep this screencast on-line as it might be useful forsomeone wanting to subscribe to another podcast that isn't registered in iTunes.

Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 1:27pm UTC



Welcome to the ScreenCastsOnline Service.

Over time, I'll be building a library of ScreenCasts covering lots of different topics. They'll range from simple beginner level topics to the more advanced topics later. I'll try and keep them brief and to less than 10 minutes.

I'll be demoing some of the various utilities and shareware packages that I find really useful in my everyday computing life. As the number of screencasts increase, the site will expand and change to help find the information that you need.

I hope you find this useful!

Don

Update - These screencasts are encoded with the H264 Quicktime codec included with QuickTime 7. Mac users with OS 10.4 (Tiger) and above will already have this codec installed otherwise please obtain the free update to Quicktime 7 from Apple here.

PC users can download a free Windows version of QT7 from Apple here
Direct download: SCO0001_-_Welcome.mp3
Category:pc_and_mac -- posted at: 11:25am UTC